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Provence Feast Wine Lavender

Provence Food and Wine Tour

Culinary secrets and the southern French way of life in Provence

Length

8 Days

Group size

4-8 travelers

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Provence: Wine & Culinary Delights - 8 Days

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Trip highlights

Star restaurant La Chassagnette

Provençal cuisine cooking class

Visit Avignon, Nîmes, and Saint-Rémy

UNESCO World Heritage Site Pont-du Gard

The Feast experience

Dream accommodation in a former winery

Visit to the “god of figs”

Tasting and meal with a winemaker’s family

Visit and meal with olive farmers

Destinations: • Beaucaire • Nîmes • Avignon • Saint-Remy-de-Provence • Châteauneuf-du-Pape • Arles

Arrival information: You can fly to Marseille by plane. If you prefer to travel by train, you can also travel to Avignon station. If you would like to book a transfer to the hotel, we can organise this for you. If you would like to arrive by car or camper van, there is parking possible at the accommodation.

A hotel on a former winery with a beautiful park awaits you. Tour guide Bert invites us to the biodynamic winery that he and his wife run. We visit the “god of figs”, explore some of the region’s most beautiful places, and take trips to the Alpilles and the Camargue. There, we eat in star restaurant La Chassagnette, which mainly prepares vegetables from its own garden in incredible variations, textures, and colours.

Why book with Feast?

✔ Experts for culinary discoveries in the Mediterranean
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✔ Small groups of 4-12 travellers
✔ All experiences, meals, guides and daily transfers included
✔ Sustainable travel, avoiding mass tourism sights
✔ Complete and flexible rescheduling without inconvenience, complexity, and stress with our Flexi option.

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Markt Provence
Markt Provence
Kochen Provence

Map

Itinerary

Transfer Sapio

1 Day

Transfer airport Marseille - hotel Domaine des Clos

From

USD 172

transfer train sapio

1 Day

Transfer train station Avignon - hotel Domaine des Clos

From

USD 80

Hotel Domaine des Clos
Hotel Domaine des Clos
Hotel Domaine des Clos

Provencal welcome dinner

Meals Included: Dinner

Welcome to the west of Provence! Arrive to Hotel Domaine des Clos, located around 12 miles from Arles and 18 miles from Avignon. In the quiet park of a former winery, with old trees and a beautiful pool, you can unwind and relax from the moment you get there. Hosts Sandrine and Davide Ausset welcome you with an aperitif in the evening. Get to know your fellow travellers and your tour guide over dinner at the accommodation, with traditional local dishes from Provence.

Nîmes
Nîmes
Market

Delicacies market halls

Roman past Nîmes

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

In Nîmes, visit the impressive market halls which are more than 130 years old. Even today, they are the living heart of the city and a place where the traditions of Provence are maintained. Local idioms, recipes, and good humour are available for free! For lunch, try some specialties in the market hall bar that Bert buys during your tour. After some free time, immerse yourself in the Roman past of Nîmes with a guide in the afternoon. There are numerous well-preserved buildings from Roman times, the most famous being the amphitheatre and the Maison Carrée. For dinner, you will visit a restaurant in Nîmes, which overlooks the amphitheatre that is illuminated in the evening.

Fig farmer Francis
Provence
Provence

Dinner with local olive oil

Fig farmer Francis

Limestone mountains Alpilles

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

In the morning, a rich breakfast awaits you and can be enjoyed on the terrace in the garden when the weather is nice. Indulge in croissants, café au lait, fresh fruit, and savory treats. Sandrine will have some homemade products to try, such as spiced bread and her own jams. After breakfast, visit Francis, who grows over 100 different types of figs on 12 hectares of land in the heart of Provence. In September, you can eat them directly from the tree; if the spring was very warm, you might be able to try them as early as June. At Francis’, you will not only find jams, but also chutneys, fig mustard, figs with balsamic vinegar, and dried figs of several varieties. He has been caring for just this one fruit for more than 40 years, and searches all over the world for varieties he doesn't know yet to further his research and test new recipes. Francis doesn't use any chemical fertilizers or sprays, so his product is not only extremely tasty, but also digestible. A great host and conversationalist, he will tell you a lot about the history of Southern France over the past few decades. For lunch, enjoy a big picnic under the fig trees. In the afternoon, continue on to the Alpilles, a fascinating small limestone mountain range between Avignon and Arles. In 2007, the Alpilles were declared a regional nature park and placed under protection. Wine is grown here, and the southern side is one of the most important olive growing regions in France. The oils from the Vallée des Baux have a long tradition and are famous for their excellent quality. Visit a young couple who look after 6 hectares of olive trees and are currently converting to organic farming. They produce two excellent oils, one à l'ancient—with black, fully ripe olives—and a modern one, with slightly unripe green olives. After the visit, they invite us to dinner at their home, where you will get to know their olive oils in various ways in the kitchen, along with excellent wines from the Alpilles.

Avignon
Avignon
Avignon

City of popes Avignon

Cooking class Jonathan Chiri

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Today, you head to Avignon, where you meet the chef Jonathan Chiri. He will guide you through the impressive market hall, where you will shop and then cook a Provençal meal with him. Jonathan has worked in top restaurants in the USA, France, and Germany. After many years of travelling, he settled in Avignon, where he opened the restaurant Cuisine Centr'Halles in the market hall. With him, you will prepare, among other things, monkfish and duck breast marinated with lavender. After enjoying your home-cooked lunch, there will be free time in the afternoon and evening to explore Avignon.

Saint Remy de Provences
Market Provence
Market Provence

Saint-Rémy-de-Provence

French farmer's market

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

After breakfast, you’ll visit the beautiful town of Saint-Rémy-de-Provence on market day. This is the place where Vincent van Gogh spent the last days of his life in 1889-90, and where Nostradamus was born. More than 100 retailers and producers from the region offer their food. Everything you could want from a French weekly market is here, with countless cheese stalls, fruit and vegetables, meat, sausages, terrines, jams and preserves, baked goods of all kinds, fish, seafood, and much more. Shop for a Provençal picnic that you’ll enjoy together at the property this evening! Enjoy lunch in a small restaurant in Saint-Rémy and then take a tour of the town. When you return to the hotel, you have free time to relax in the beautiful garden or around the pool. In the evening, prepare your Provençal picnic with the products you purchased at the market, which you can enjoy with delicious local wine.

Vineyard Chateau Morgues du Gres
Domaine du Joncier
Vineyard Chateau Morgues du Gres

UNESCO Heritage Pont du Gard

Chateau Mont Redon

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

In the morning, you will visit the Pont du Gard, a Roman aqueduct, along with an interesting museum that clearly explains how the Romans organized the water supply to their cities. The bridge over the River Gard is of impressive height—almost 50 meters—and is one of the best-preserved bridge structures from the ancient Roman world. It was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1985. After a small lunch, continue to Chateauneuf du Pape to visit Chateau Montredon. The vineyards here are littered with thick, round pebbles called galets roulés. It is difficult to till the soils covered by stones, but they provide good drainage and heat is retained in the soil at night. In the evening, Bert takes you to a friend's restaurant in the region, where you can try the various wines from Chateau Montredon to accompany the menu.

La Chassagnette
La Chassagnette
La Chassagnette

Wine bar Arles

Cuisine La Chassagnette

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today, you'll head to the Michelin-starred restaurant La Chassagnette, which cooks mostly from its own garden in incredible variations, textures, and colours. Meet the manager of the restaurant's gardens, Claude Pernix, who is a friend of Bert’s. Claude takes the time to show you the gardens and answer your questions. Enjoy an impressive vegetable menu for lunch in the Chassagnette. In the afternoon, Bert will take you on a longer tour through the unique landscape of the Camargue. In the evening, you will arrive in Arles to spend a convivial final evening on the terrace of a small wine bar.

Provence
Provence
Provence

Meals Included: Breakfast

After breakfast, it's time to say goodbye to Provence. We would be happy to provide you with suggestions if you wish to extend your trip.

transfer train sapio

1 Day

Transfer hotel Domaine des Clos - train station Avignon

From

USD 80

Transfer Sapio

1 Day

Transfer hotel Domaine des Clos - airport Marseille

From

USD 172

Dates & Prices

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End date

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5

Oct

2024

12

Oct

2024

Full

From

USD 2,678

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German speaking tour: This trip will be held in German.

Guide

Bert Van den Abeele

Bert

Your guide for this tour

A Belgian of Flemish origin, Bert Van den Abeele studied sport and education in the 1970s. After years of traveling and long stays in the south of France, he moved to Lake Constance in 1985, where he founded one of Germany's first organic wine imports. In 2007, he then moved to where he had always wanted to live: the south of France, where he first lived in Languedoc and since 2015 in Provence! It is the unspoiled nature, the vast wild landscape and the uncomplicated way of life that drew him here. He is passionate about healthy food, natural regional agriculture, good food, excellent, honest wines and a relaxed atmosphere.

The indicated flight times and airlines may change, as we have to plan well in advance of the day of departure.

5

Oct

2024

12

Oct

2024

German speaking tour

Bert Van den Abeele
Full

From

USD 2,678

Preferred date unavailable? You'd like to book further ahead in the future? Contact us

Info

Single Room Supplement

When booking online, you can choose the option "share room (if possible)". If no other participant chooses this option, you will be accommodated in a single room. The cost of the single room is USD 418 and Feast will in that case pay 50% of the single room supplement, the rest will need to be covered by you. We will notify you approximately one month before the start of the tour.

What's included

7 nights' accommodation at the Domaine des Clos country hotel, including breakfast, accommodation tax and wifi.

7 minimum four-course meals including wine accompaniment (1/2 bottle per person) and water, including a meal at the starred restaurant La Chassagnette

6 light lunches, picnics and snacks including drinks served

Market visit and cooking class "Cuisine of Provence" with Jonathan Chiri

Visits to the Domaine du Joncier vineyard and the "God of the Figs".

Excursion to the Alpilles, visit and dinner with an olive grower

Visit to the UNESCO World Heritage Site Pont-du-Gard

Guided tour with German-speaking guide in Nîmes

Visits to Avignon, Arles and Saint-Rémy-de-Provence

Bus tour through the Camargue countryside

Entrance fees mentioned in the programme

All journeys in a comfortable 8-seater bus

Tour guide and translation Bert Van den Abeele

10 EUR donation to the VSocial Foundation to support community projects https://www.vsocialfoundation.org/

What's not included

Arrival and departure, transfer from airport or train station

Additional drinks

Tips

Travel cancellation and travel health insurance

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We are happy to help you plan and decide on flights, train connections or intermediate stages.

If you need a transfer from the airport or train station, we can organise this for you.

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According to our terms and conditions, we can cancel the trip if the minimum number of participants is not reached up to 21 days before the start of the trip. As a rule, we will inform you one month in advance to discuss alternatives. You can then, for example, choose another date or an alternative trip. If these options are not suitable for you, we will refund the full travel costs already paid. However, it is rare that a trip cannot be realised. As soon as a trip is guaranteed to take place, we will highlight this on our "Dates & Prices" page.

You can start organising and booking your journey as soon as we have confirmed that the trip is guaranteed to take place. This happens at the latest approx. 30 days before the start of the trip. If the minimum number of participants has already been reached, you will of course be informed immediately.

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